Custom Research: Additional Information

Getting Started

Complimentary Language Trace. In general, it saves you time, trouble and money to only order the legislative history of the act or acts that added the key terms of interest. Most of the time we can help you narrow the scope of research at no charge, even when the prior chaptered law is so extensive and complex that it requires a great deal of effort to analyze. On the rare occasion where it requires an exotic roadmap to keep track of things, we might ask for authorization to bill you a nominal sum to assess the chaptered laws and make a recommendation.

Report Contents

Our high-quality, time-tested research methodologies address two categories of materials:

Core Research. All Custom Reports on legislative bills enacted from 1943 – current share the same type of core research documents, regardless of the code section being researched. This research generally includes such materials as: (1) bill versions, (2) the final calendar, (3) occasional, substantive Journal entries, (4) the contents of various legislative bill files when available (e.g., author, committees, floor, partisan caucuses, etc.) and (5) the Governor’s Chaptered Bill File. Collections can be spotty and generally improve in scope and depth with each passing decade. Unfortunately, core research materials for bills dated before 1943 are generally scant and primarily include (1) bill versions, (2) the final calendar and (3) the occasional substantive Journal entry. Legislative bill files are rare and there are no Governor’s Chaptered Bill Files.

Specialized Research. Beyond the basic, core research, many reports also require additional attention. In some cases, it is to identify and capture additional materials unique to the specific code section of interest. This can include interim hearing materials, background studies, and relevant predecessor failed or concurrent failed bills that have influenced the terms at issue, model acts, etc. The core research is read carefully for leads which are followed up on. Other research methodologies are also implemented depending upon the subject area and enactment period. For instance, specialized research might be needed to address older enactments which suffer from a lack of core research materials, especially pre-1943 legislation.

Report Features

All of LRI's Custom Reports come with these standard, user-friendly report features:

  • Fast turnaround with a digital report format
  • A signed and dated authentication
  • Detailed Table of Contents which includes:
    • Points and authorities for gaining judicial notice
    • Sources indicated for all records
  • Bate stamp paging for easy reference
  • User-friendly organization of the records:
    • All relevant bill versions are provided in one collection at the beginning of the report, in chronological order
    • Legislative bill analyses follow in chronological order; these are the documents that the courts rely upon the most
    • The remaining records are organized by source, with in-depth categorization within each source (e.g., background materials, correspondence, press articles, etc.)